This Weekend's Program

Bob Edwards Weekend, May 5-6, 2012


Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus joins Bob to discuss the latest political news.

As an ex-felon, writer Jack Gantos might have seemed like an odd choice to win this year’s Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature.   But Gantos has been writing acclaimed books for young people for years, including his popular series about Joey Pigza, Rotten Ralph and the Jack Henry Adventures. series.  His most recent novel Dead End in Norvelt was awarded the 2012 Newbery Medal and the 2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Jeana Lee Tahnk.  Parents are one of the biggest markets for the publishing industry.  You could fill a bookstore with all the manuals addressing everything from thumbsucking to bedwetting to discipline.  And many of the authors offer contradictory advice.  It’s hard for modern parents to feel they’re raising their kids the “right” way.  Tahnk thinks of herself as the CEO of her household, but she also has a career outside the home.  She says the decisions she makes at home are always with the best interests of her children in mind.


At a dinner party a few years ago, a rich lawyer asked, “I mean YOUR’RE a teacher, Taylor. Be honest. What do you make?”  Taylor Mali took offense and since then has been on the offensive, defending the role and the profession of teachers.  His poem “What Teachers Make” has been viewed and shared millions of times online and now Mali has written a book titled What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. Here is one version of his performance. 

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the small screen as the world’s greatest detective, the brilliant yet sometimes irritating Sherlock Holmes.  After last year’s hit first season, Masterpiece Mystery’s Sherlock picks up with a contemporary Holmes and Watson battling evil mastermind Jim Moriarty.  The series is co-created and written by Steven Moffat.


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